Saturday, October 17, 2015

Rainy Days

Hail, Rain, Floods, and Tons of MUD!

The past few days have been crazy in southern California.

My old hometown, Tehachapi, made the news because of mudslides trapping a couple hundred motorists in their cars. People were unable to steer or control their cars because they were floating on a freeway turned into a muddy river. I can only imagine how frightening that must have been. 

Our new hometown had about 3.5" of rain in an hour that created lots of havoc.  I couldn't believe the amount of water coming through our property.  We have a small drainage ditch running through the front pasture that wasn't even visible at one point. The WHOLE front pasture turned into a river carrying water and trees and mud and random yard items with it as it rushed along. 

In the midst of the chaos (road closures, mudslides, homes flooded, etc), I have witnessed such wonderful people working hard to serve their community.  Neighbors with their tractors working diligently to clear the debris off of the roads, helping one another with errands and trips to town, providing updates and information on road closures and conditions.

We aren't in control of the weather, but we are in control of our response. 

I'm so proud and thankful for how my community responded. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Prepping for Fall

It's almost sweatshirt weather!  Woohoo! 

We even picked and dehydrated apples from trees in our yard!

We are getting used to our new setting and routines.  

I even found time to add a few new designs to my etsy shop

Are you ready for fall? 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Simple Party Decorations

I knew throwing a birthday party in the middle of moving into a new home would be a challenge. 

I also knew it would be motivation to unpack, clean, and decorate. 

Although I enjoy making party decorations, I let myself off the hook this time.  I kept things simple with two store bought items for impact plus one homemade item.  Instead of spending weeks on homemade decor like I did with the cardboard party :) I only spent an hour making a white banner. 

Simple paper wheels taped to the backsplash drew your eye in to the kitchen from the front door. 

These cute milk cartons were filled with chocolate drizzled popcorn & pretzels for guests to enjoy as a party favor.

The one decoration I really wanted to make was a simple white fabric pennant banner. I usually make a banner personalized to the event (Happy Birthday, etc.), but I wanted to make a banner that could be used over and over for any event or holiday. I purchased half a yard of felt for about $4. I sewed a simple pocket for the twine then cut into triangles.  

"Old fashioned party" was our theme…as in keeping it simple. The decorations were simple and so was the food - a hotdog bar with various toppings to choose from, cornbread and honey butter, lemonade, root beer and lemon cupcakes.

The birthday boy had a blast celebrating turning "10" with his family. :)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Unpacking and Adjusting

After what seemed to be a never ending move, we are settling in to our new home.  We moved to a town that is a little over an hour from our old home.  We are planning to enjoy our temporary stop here in this house as we plan and prepare to buy a home in this area...even if that means packing and moving again.

Here's a peek at my new surroundings. 
 I love the outdoor spaces. 

View from the porch :)


 Dining Room

I pushed half unpacked boxes out of view to make it look "done" for the photo…don't mind that TV on the floor. :) 

We are mostly unpacked now = yay!!!

  We went a few weeks without internet and phone = unpleasant :(

We still don't have our dryer hooked up (needs repairing) = hanging clothing everywhere to dry

Birthday party tomorrow for my eldest = stay tuned for some pictures (doing only a few SIMPLE decorations)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Packing Supplies Found in the Kitchen

This season of my life is devoted to moving! The days of designing/painting signs and decorating my house will return, but right now it's all about purging, packing, and planning! 

My mom has graciously been helping me pack my kitchen.  I don't even want to help me pack my kitchen!  There are necessary supplies to purchase such as boxes and tape, but we've been using supplies that I already had on hand to protect the items inside the boxes. 

 Breakable home decor items were carefully packed by my dad using all of my dishtowels

For Mason jars, glasses, coffee mugs, etc., we've been placing them individually inside a lunch bag.  They are very well protected! 

Coffee filters have been used to wrap around smaller glasses so that I can fit two into a lunch bag.   Coffee filters or napkins make a nice a buffer between stacked small bowls. 

Larger items were wrapped with paper cut from a 60 yard roll that costs about $3 (found in the paint department of your hardware store). I had some of this on hand left over from the Cardboard Party, but I did buy another roll for packing.  

Napkins were used between plates. 

I'd love to know some of your moving and packing tips! Especially if it involves saving money!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Summer is for Relaxing…I Mean Packing!

It's finally summertime! School is officially out for our family of two students and two teachers.

We are trying to recover from the busyness of the last couple weeks of school & relax for a brief moment before all of the packing begins for our move.

This Lemonade sign I made cheers me up and reminds me of summer. In the stressful times ahead of us with moving, I'm hoping to slow down and enjoy a little bit of summer too…maybe with a glass of lemonade!

This sign is now available in my shop! ;)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Just Paint It!

Do you like to paint? 

I like painting because of the instant satisfaction…once all the prep is done! 

I took some pictures of the house this week and was reminded of all the things that I've painted over the years like my front door...

 and walls, fireplace surround, and the signs on the fireplace…

and my kitchen cabinets, more signs, and the pantry door…

and baseboards (I've actually painted them 3 different colors then back to white!)…

and more walls, ceiling, cabinets, and a sign…

 and exterior trim on the extra garage (aka "Carriage House"), and stain on the play set.

Don't be afraid to make some changes at your house with a little bit of paint! 

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